Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a motivated Peer Support Specialists III for the Outpatient Department at Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC).
The Peer Support Specialist III is a member of a team offering person centered, culturally competent, instrumental, information and emotional support either in person or by phone. The PSSIII uses lived experience and basic peer support skills to engage and empower persons served to support their wellness.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Engages consumers in a collaborative and caring relationship.
Uses his/her own lived experiences with mental and/or substance use recovery as a vehicle to establish rapport and build relationships with the consumer and/or family member.
Provides peer support services and outreach activities.
Offers support using a recovery oriented, person centered, relationship focused, trauma informed and holistic approach.
Offers insight into the experience of living with a mental and/or substance use disorder, and relevant recovery supports in order to assist staff in identifying program environments and treatment approaches that are conducive to recovery.
Minimum Education and Experience:
High School diploma or equivalent.
At least two years of lived experience with target population.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicants should be comfortable working independently and as part of a team in a collegial group environment.
Be able to use a computer to record services and other basic office functions.
Must be certified or eligible for certification as a Peer Support Specialist or Family Advocate.
If not certified, documented demonstrated progress toward completion of Peer Support Certification within 12 months is required.
Valid driver's license.
At least three (3) years' experience working in social or healthcare field and or mental health capacity.
Supportive counseling and/or mental health information and referral services experience.
Bilingual skills (Spanish/English or Cantonese/Mandarin/English).
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The employee can expect to lift up to 30 pounds.
Posting Number: 20ST1413
Location: Newark (RBHS)
Internal Number: 118214
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.